Seattle Groups Headline Hip Hop Show

Conscious Overdose 2007, Oregon's second annual hip hop show, will be held Saturday, April 14, in Cone Field House at Willamette University. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door, with no pre-sale tickets available.

Two Seattle-based groups, Blue Scholars and Common Market, will headline. Garden Entertainment, a local hip hop group; the Goonies, a student dance group; and the Tokyo International University of America break dancers will perform between acts.

The show is produced by the Willamette University Chapter of the Hip Hop Congress, formed in 2005 as the first chapter in the Pacific Northwest. The national congress utilizes hip hop culture to inspire young people to get involved in social action, civic service and cultural creativity. There are more than 40 chapters worldwide.

"The congress is the product of a merger between artists and students," said event organizer Andrew Gibbs. "It pulls together music and community."

Blue Scholars has performed more than 100 shows in the last two years and has produced one self-released LP. Geologic, an emcee and poet, and Sabzi, a former punk/ska drummer and jazz-trained pianist, formed the duo in 2002. Their rhymes are both political and personal.

"Blue Scholars has emerged as one of the torchbearers for the greater Pacific Northwest hip-hop scene," Gibbs said.

Common Market's debut album has garnered praise in Seattle Weekly, which named the duo the 2006 Best New Artist. They have performed throughout the Northwest.

Garden Entertainment is a Salem hip hop crew featuring the Kid Espi, Hot in Pursuit, Cool Table and Cross the MC. They have shared the stage with national acts and will soon open for E-40 and Twista.

For information contact Gibbs at (503) 602-9171 or